MATERIAL SHORTAGE STUDY: AN ANALYSIS OF SELECTED COMMODITIES AND IDENTIFICATION OF CAUSAL FACTORS CONTRIBUTING TO SUPPLY SHORTFALLS

This study focused primarily on Federal policies that led to material shortages and curtailment of plant capacity expansion and secondarily on the likelihood of shortages recurring over the near term 1976-77. Commodities studied included steel, aluminum, copper, zinc, benzene, ethylene, LPG, ammonia, urea, plastics, cement, lumber, and pulp. It was concluded that: Federal policies were found to be direct contributors to shortage conditions in 25 of the 26 commodities analyzed; those Federal policies and regulations which appeared to have the most significant impact on material shortages and capacity curtailment are price controls, taxation, energy, environmental, and fiscal and monetary (including antitrust); for most industries, the interaction between several causal factors rather than one factor led to shortage conditions.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Little (Arthur D), Incorporated

    Acorn Park
    Cambridge, MA  USA  02140

    Department of Commerce

    Domestic Business Policy Analysis Staff
    Washington, DC  USA 
  • Publication Date: 1974-12-20

Media Info

  • Pagination: 403 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00092579
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOC-DBPAS-75-01 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: C-5-36231
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 5 1975 12:00AM